Thunder is rumbling across northern New Zealand as yet another low moves in from the Tasman Sea. The centre of the low is expected to make landfall over Northland this afternoon and that means a wet, windy day for many. “Heavy showers and the odd thunderstorm are popping up from Auckland and East Cape northwards, and with the low spiralling towards us rain or showers are likely to remain until this afternoon” says head weather analyst Philip Duncan. “Motorists should take care today with surface flooding a possibility on some roads. Due to a lot of leaves in gutters during Autumn the chances of surface flooding increases significantly”.
Meanwhile the South Island is getting a short, sharp, shock with a quick burst of cold air. “Freezing rain or snow is possible around Central Otago today and with temperatures dropping to minus 3 or 4 in some areas tonight driving could be harzardous with black ice. Motorists should take extreme care”. Duncan says temperatures in the South Island will struggle to reach double digits today.
The weekend is set to be showery in the west and south and windy over the North Island. Warmer westerlies are likely to move in during Sunday. Next week a low to the east of the North Island is expected to bring cold, showery weather to Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa while a Tasman Sea anticyclone should spread into all western areas for a few days, bringing some much missed sunny weather.